5:40pm PT by Andy Lewis
Jason Segel Sells Three-Book Children's Series
Actor Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother) has signed a three-book deal with Random House for a middle-grade series, Nightmares!, the publisher announced Tuesday.
The adventure series centers on a group of friends who try to save their neighborhood from fear.
“Ultimately, it’s a story about learning that we can accomplish anything, as long as we are brave enough to try,” Segel said in a statement.
Kirsten Miller, the author of previous middle-grade series Kiki Strike and The Eternal Ones, will co-author with Segel.
Segel revealed that the books were in the works three weeks ago during a forum with director Jonathan Demme following a screening of their 2008 film Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
During the event at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, N.Y., Segel said the idea originally started as a screenplay he sold "super cheap" before he became a well-known actor.
The project was never made and eight years later he bought it back for the same amount he sold it for.
The first novel in the trilogy will be published in 2014.